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Lots of requests for the information from Vision Week -

Technology for People with Vision Loss video and PowerPoint by the Lighthouse Guild

Nutrition and Vision by Maudene Nelson (powerpoint)

The MetroCard van will be available at West 235th Street and Johnson Avenue between 9:30am and 11:30am on Friday, April 29 and Tuesday May 31



  • The best way for people with access to the internet to get help from Social Security is online at
  • If you cannot use the social security website, call their National 800 Number (1-800-772-1213) or your local Social Security office for help. For quicker access to a representative at our National 800 Number, try calling early in the day (between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. local time) or later in the afternoon (between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. local time). We are also less busy later in the week (Wednesday to Friday) and later in the month.  Click here to learn more about all your options for reaching social security.
  • Ever Heard of a Stop and Swap?  Stop 'N' Swaps® are free community events where the public's invited to bring clean, reusable, portable items such as clothing, housewares, games, books, & toys that you no longer need, and take home something new to you, free! You don’t have to bring something to take something.  Click here to see locations and learn more!


  • If you need technology help (in the Center, online, or over the phone)? RSS now has someone to help with your technology needs. Email or call 718.884.5900. Appointments can be scheduled Tuesdays through Thursdays.
  • Schervier Community Garden has spaces available! The garden is at 2975 Independence Avenue. The gardening space is open to older adults age 55+. There are a limited number of spots available to grow your own organic vegetables. No prior gardening experience is necessary. The dues are $18 for Schervier apartment residents and $30 for community residents. To learn more contact Barbara Denson, Community Gardens Coordinator & Project Specialist at
  • COVID-19 Community Levels: A lot of the new COVID guidance is based on being aware of the spread of Covid in either the locality you live in, work in, or are traveling to. Levels can be low, medium, or high and are determined by looking at hospital beds being used, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area. This is the tracker that the CDC is telling you to look at. The smallest it goes is to the overall borough level.
  • COVID Tests: You can now order more free tests from the government. Go to